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32 Days of Halloween VII: The New Blood Begins Here!

Abandoned New Orleans Amusement Park

Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in. That’s right, you can’t keep a good celebration of the best holiday in the universe down. Thus we return with Year 7 of 32 Days of Halloween, aka The New Blood, aka you can expect some chick with telekinesis to show up and fight us. Fine. This year it’s one daily post to rule you all and in the darkness bind you. So enjoy. Because we alternate between Warner Brothers and Disney, we veer back over to the Looney Tunes side of the house to bring you the Chuck Jones action of 1955’s Jumpin’ Jupiter.

(Alas, it’s been taken down. If anybody finds it again, yell.)

Incidentally, that badass image up top is from an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans, found via Sophia’s Motion Burns the Mood Tumblr. (There’s an entire set there.) When you look at it, just in your mind’s ear, hear the Cyclone pinball saying “Welcome to my house.” It adds something.

Also, I figured if we’re doing this in one post, I wanted to have something Disney (why not–we can do that) and something introductory to, say, The Haunted Mansion, would be perfect. But I had no idea I would come across something this fucking awesome: Pat Carroll, reading the intro to the Mansion (originally handled, of course, by Paul Frees)–and doing so in a character voice she provided you’re no doubt familiar with: Ursula, from The Little Mermaid.

If you’d like something of the more audible variety, Michael Fassbender did a reading of Dracula for the BBC back in 2011. The first part of it can be sampled here–and they’ve posted another three parts of it, although as I understand it there are ten parts in all. I’m sure the more resourceful among you can figure out how to acquire the rest. (Update: It’s all up! Enjoy.)

And for your feature presentation for today, we bring you the 1951 B-Movie madness of Bride of the Gorilla, starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Raymond Burr. It’s brought to you by Curt Siodmak, here also the director, but mostly known for scribing such things as The Wolf Man and I Walked With a Zombie. Enjoy.